Harris Commits to Wake Forest

Florida athlete Kevin Harris, a running back/linebacker from Seminole High School visited Wake Forest this past weekend. Apparently, the visit went well, as the Deacs picked up a commitment from a big-time prospect from the Sunshine state.

DeaconSports caught up with Mick Harris, Kevin Harris' high school coach and father to get an update on his son's recruitment as well as his visit to Winston-Salem.

"He committed," Coach Harris said. "He absolutely raved about the atmosphere. He really liked the college atmosphere as far as the ratio – it's like a large school with a small campus environment. He loved the community and area. He was very impressed."

Harris knew that Wake Forest provided him the best opportunity for both academics and athletics at the college level. A good student with a 3.5 GPA, Harris is "taking more than football into consideration," according to his father.

As good as Kevin is in the classroom, he is just as good of a player and as hard of a worker when it comes to the gridiron. "Kevin is a hard worker in the weightroom," Coach Harris said. "He had a lot of successes there and he had a lot of success last year as a running back. [This summer] in the Nike sponsored combines held in eleven locations around the country, he finished in the top 25 [of all players.] He would have won two or three regional [Nike] competitions with the numbers he had."

Those numbers, combined with Harris' prowess on the field this past season, helped earn offers from many of the nation's elite programs.

"He was recruited by a number of schools and had some other offers," Coach Harris noted. The offer list – an impressive one. Some of the schools that had officially offered according to Coach Harris included Alabama, Miami, UCF, South Florida, Marshall, Furman, and Maryland.

Alabama was the first to offer and the Crimson Tide, Miami, and others were looking at him on the defensive side of the ball. Harris wants to play on the offensive side of the ball, however. "[Wake Forest's coaches] have him on the board as a running back so that's another reason he's looking to go there," the Seminole head coach said.

Overall, Wake Forest offered Harris the best choice for his collegiate future. When it came down to it, the balance of Wake Forest's academics, athletics, and community was too much to pass up. "He's the coach's son – he's going to do what's best."

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